April 2, 2009

The Mac is back!

Four of us went to see Fleetwood Mac recently at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place (formely Corel Centre). The line-up was classic "Rumours"era Mac save for Christine McVie, who has elected not to tour anymore. 

The band was very generous, giving us a 2 1/2 hour romp through one of the finest back catalogues in rock music. Guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham is surely one of the finest guitar gods ever! He was simply astonishing with some wall-busting solos, and inventive interpretations of his classics "Never Going Back Again" and "So Afraid", the latter so intense I was waiting for cracks to form in the arena ceiling. 

And the great Stevie Nicks gave us such gems as "Landslide", "Rhianna", "Sara", and "Gold Dust Woman" and then surprised with her 80s hit "Stand Back". The crowd went absolutely ballistic for "The Chain", "Second Hand News", "Go Your Own Way",  and the closer "Don't Stop". 

It was wonderful to see these aging rock legends show that you don't have to be in your 20s to bring the house down. The magic that made them superstars in the mid 1970s was evident as they hit their stride and took everyone down a great nostalgic path.

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